Indian passport improves its ranking on global index, jumps 10 ranks in 5 years
The ranking of Indian Passport in the previous 5 years has been tremendously improved. It continues to strengthen the nation’s rank on the global index as more and more nations around the globe are offering visa-free entry and visa on arrivals to Indians.
India 47th in ‘Inclusive’ Internet list: Facebook
India ranked 47th in the overall “Inclusive Internet Index 2019” score while Sweden topped the chart, followed by Singapore and the US, a Facebook-led study has revealed. According to the Inclusive Internet Index (3i) prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Facebook, there are demonstrable benefits from comprehensive female e-inclusion policies, digital skills programmes and targets for women and girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Govt launches Rail Drishti Dashboard to keep people informed about ongoing Railway works
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched Rail Drishti Dashboard in New Delhi. The Dashboard has been launched to keep people informed about the work going on in the Railways across the country. Ministry of Railways will get suggestions and comments through the platform and will plan on future actions. People will get useful information from Rail Drishti through Railway WiFi facilities that are continuously expanding in the country.
Monkeys declared vermin in eleven districts of Himachal Pradesh
Monkeys have again been declared vermin for the next one year in 11 districts‘ 91 tehsils and sub-tehsils of Himachal Pradesh, state Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said in Shimla. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had raised this matter time and again with the Centre urging that it is necessary to declare monkeys as a vermin species as the animals have been adversely affecting crops and causing harm to humans.
Sri Lanka creates history, becomes first Asian Team to win Test Series in South Africa
Sri Lanka became the first Asian side in the world to beat South Africa in their home conditions. The Lankans completed a 2-0 sweep against the Proteas, bagging an 8-wicket win in the second Test at Port Elizabeth.
- Before Sri Lanka, only Australia and England have managed to beat South Africa in a Test series at home.
Jayasuriya banned from all cricket for 2 years
Sanath Jayasuriya was banned from all cricket-related activities for two years after the former Sri Lanka skipper admitted to breaching Articles 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption code. As a result of the admissions, he has accepted a sanction of a two-year period of ineligibility.
President confers Gandhi Peace Prize
President Ramnath Kovind gave away the Gandhi Peace Prize for four years from 2015 to 2018. Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, got the award for 2015 for their contribution to rural development, education, development of natural resources.
- For 2016, it has been jointly given to Akshaya Patra foundation for its contribution in providing mid-day meals to children and Sulabh International for improving the condition of sanitation and emancipation of manual scavengers.
- Ekal Abhiyan Trust has won the award for 2017 for their contribution in providing education to rural and tribal children in remote areas, rural empowerment, gender, and social equality.
- Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organisation for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa has been honoured with Gandhi Peace Prize for 2018 for his role in leprosy eradication.